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Charting the Course for Fort Collins's Water Supply

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Ryan Donovan

on 24 June 2015

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Transcript of Charting the Course for Fort Collins's Water Supply

Meeting our Water Demand: Alternatives to Buy and Dry

What does water have to do with...
*our history
*our health
*our "secret sauce"
*our economy
*our housing
*our landscape
*...
Conclusion
the fine print...
Where We're heading
Colorado population
today (2013)
: 5.3M

Estimated
2040
: 7.7M

+2.4M

Larimer County population (2013): 316K

Larimer County estimated 2040: 472K

156K
What's in it for the City
*our history
*our health
*our "secret sauce"
*our economy
*our housing
*our landscape
*...

A brief (very brief) history lesson:
Fort Collins = Agricultural Community, then and now


then (1860s) - "first in time, first in right"

now - "first in time, first in right"


Certainty drives the market
A different path forward...
rather than "buy and dry", let's try "buy and supply"
*Source: Colorado State Demograhy Office
let's buy the farm

*preserve agricultural land
(and keep it affordable)

*local food

*open space - buffers for wildlife, soil conservation, scenic vistas



they retain a proportional right in the water

pooled risk
* no blue print

* time to act

Potential Change in Irrigated Acres (2050): CWCB
WATER
LOCAL FOODS
and
AGRICULTURE
CULTURAL &
SOCIAL
VALUES
LAND
USE
ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT
HOUSING
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